Thursday, May 2, 2013
Readers respond to our inquiry about the aging sculpture on Brandon Boulevard, just east of Limona Road. In so doing, they pass on a piece of town history.
You've passed it a million times, and sometimes you even take notice. Maybe you haven't, but here it is: a man riding a horse on Brandon Boulevard. That's what we reported April 24, in a Brandon Patch post that acknowledged the aging animal sculpture might better be described as a "camel" or a "llama." Camel it is, and on it sits a figure depicting George Washington, according to Brandon Patch readers well-versed in town history. Among them is Patch editor D'Ann White, who for 25 years worked at the Brandon News, as both a reporter and its longest-serving editor. "As editor of The Brandon News, I interviewed Shelton's Nursery owner Arthur Yambor shortly before his sudden death in 2004 at the age of 55," White said. "He was a big joker …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Former Superintendent of Schools Earl Lennard, who just retired as Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, is set to discuss the history of the area at the Jan. 16 Riverview Woman’s Club meeting.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Monday, January 14
A lifelong resident of Riverview, Earl Lennard will talk about the community's history and remembrances of growing up in south Hillsborough County at the Wednesday, Jan. 16 meeting of the Riverview Woman's Club. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. with networking and a luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. at Doc's Grill at the Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, 13050 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview. Lennard, 70. who recently celebrated his retirement as Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, is well qualified to speak about the Riverview area. The cost to attend Wednesday's lunch is $14. For reservations, contact Jeanne Burkeson at 813-334-3196 or email Jeanne@square-oneinspection.com.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Retired Plant City jeweler Bill Gunn built the "little white house" on display at the Hilsborough County Fairgrounds as a playhouse for his great-granddaughter. It became a Valrico fruit stand in 1990, where fruit was sold "strictly on the honor system."
The little white house on display at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, in front of the Hillsborough County School Disrict's red exhibit building, stands as testament to a piece of Greater Brandon and Plant City history. The placard notes that the house was built by Bill Gunn, a retired Plant City jeweler, as a playhouse for his great-granddaughter. Then, in 1990, it became a fruit stand at the corner of Lumsden Road and St. Cloud Avenue in Valrico, for fruit grown on the Gunn property. That fruit was sold "strictly on the honor system." The house/stand was dontated to the Hillsborough County Fair, and moved to the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, in September 2011. At the time, Bill Gunn was 88; his wife, "Miss Evelyn," was "expected …